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Office blog

April 2012

Risk of stroke, heart attack reduced by professional dental cleanings

In a study from Taiwan and presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, professional tooth scaling was associated with fewer strokes and heart attacks.

Of those 100,000 people who had their teeth scraped and cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist, 24 percent had a lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never had a dental cleaning. The participants were followed for an average of seven years.

"Protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year," said Emily Chen, MD, cardiology fellow at the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, who coauthored the study with Hsin-Bang Leu, MD.

Floss is Boss

The importance of floss in maintaining dental hygiene goes without saying. In a recent issue of This Old House Magazine, Mark Feirer offered up these 10 uses for floss as a home improvement tool around your house.

  1. Tame your frames. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva likes to hang pictures with it instead of braided wire, which can mar wall paint.
  2. Sew something. To reattach buttons, Eagle scout and avid DIYer Jason Gordon packs a needle with an eye large enough for threading it.
  3. Seal connections.

Inflammation key to understanding periodontal disease

In the quest to better understand the causes of periodontal disease, researchers are making big strides on two key fronts: understanding the nature of the bacteria that stimulate gingival inflammation, and the genetic and physiologic foundations that can determine the body's response to that stimulus. Read more